If you’re thinking of either moving to the Dominican Republic or staying long term, you are probably interested in what you might find in the way of larger American style chain stores. The DR is not all comados (small family owned stores). When you get into some of the larger cities you will find a large selection of Stores we are more familiar with in the United States.

One of the more recent additions to Santo Domingo is Ikea. This store was completed and opened March first 2010. Ikea is a large department store with furniture, decorative items, kitchen and bath items, pretty much anything you will find around the home. It is one of the more trendy stores and is also know for it’s space saving items.

Price Mart:
Think Sam’s Club or Price Club in the United States. Everything about Price Mart reminds you of Sam’s Club and Price club. Everything bought in bulk, warehouse design and feel, and even the food courts have most of the same American food items you will find in the US stores. Also, like the US versions Price Mart requires membership and no you cannot use your membership card from Sam’s Club or Price Club.

La Sirena:
A large super market chain with both Dominican and a large selection of American and other foreign foods. Likely if you are going to be able to find your favorite American, European, or Oriental food, you are going to be able to find it here. If you are still hunting after here try Jumbo Super Market or Nacional. Incorporated into the Supermarket is a department store. You can find electronics, automotive items, and furniture. Most of the stores also have Bon (ice cream, some of the best I’ve ever tasted), local cell phone providers, a food court, and some even have dry cleaning and other services.

Let’s now forget the food!
In the larger cites like Santiago, Santo Domingo and some of the tourist towns you will find many of your favorite American fast food restaurants with the same menus you see at home. These include Burger King, KFC, Dominoes Pizza, Pizza Hut, TGI Fridays, Taco Bell, and McDonalds.